To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. ~Epicurus
Life is so simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. ~E.F. Schumacker
The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~Frank A. Clark
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau
How many things are there which I do not want. ~Socrates
Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas More.
People say "I want peace." If you remove I (ego), and your
want (desire), you are left with peace. ~ Satya Sai Baba
Have few desires.
~ Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. ~Will Rogers
Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English
language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and
enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in
having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.
Simplicity is the essence of happiness. ~ Cedric Bledsoe
To know you have enough is to be rich. ~Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day
rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less
so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.
~John Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go There You Are
We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy,
even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. ~ E.B. White
My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.
You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy. ~Eric Hoffer
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ~Laura IngallsWilder
To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather
than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy,
not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think
quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to
let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up
through the common, this is to be my symphony.
~William Henry Channing
The simplest things are often the truest. ~Richard Bach
The art of contentment is the recognition that the most satisfying and the most dependably refreshing experiences of life lie not in great things but in little. The rarity of happiness among those who achieved much is evidence that achievement is not in itself the assurance of a happy life. The great, like the humble, may have to find their satisfaction in the same plain things. ~Edgar A. Collard
It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.
~Robert A. Cook
If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation. ~The Dalai Lama
For fast acting relief; try slowing down. ~Lily Tomlin